TETFund inaugurates N5bn projects at ATBU
…Its research funds increased to N7.5bn
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
The budgetary allocation of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), this year, has been increased to N7.5 billion from last year’s N5 billion, its Executive Secretary, Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro has disclosed.
Prof. Bogoro said the increase in the funds followed the desire to enhance national research, adding that the nation is worried about the dearth of researches in its universities nationwide.
Another purpose for the increase in the fund in the budget, the Executive Secretary said, was to boost academic research activities in all tertiary institutions.
According to him, the dearth of researches in the nation’s tertiary institutions has retarded discoveries of new developments.
Bogoro disclosed this while addressing the Senate of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, at the Gubi Campus, during a special Senate.
He explained that the increase in the funds for national research was informed by TETFund’s new focus on the content component in tertiary institutions.
While stating that successes have been recorded in the area of provision of infrastructure in tertiary institutions all over the country, he said TETFund would now focus more attention on research activities to facilitate economic growth.
He said: “Since my return, one of the things l took to my Board of Trustees was to improve on infrastructure, but we will focus more on the content, research, academic staff development, book and manuscript development, journal publications and library development.”
The Executive Secretary also disclosed that he signed 128 National Research grants for some universities in the country, noting that there is disturbing disparity with the University of Lagos having 14 grants, while Bayero University, Kano has 11.
He lamented that universities in the North-East region are not accessing grants for research as only ATBU, Bauchi got two and University of Maiduguri has one grant.
He, therefore, challenged universities in the Northeast to multiply number of their research grants, saying this could only be done with proper academic leadership among professors and their students.
“People should not undertake research for the sake of certifications or promotion alone, but research should be tailored to solve problems and meet the needs of the international community.
“It will not make miracles for the situation to change overnight. We need to change our attitude. The competitiveness of economic powers is based on research products,” he said.
While welcoming the TETFund boss to the special Senate sitting earlier, the ATBU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Abdulaziz, said that he was delighted to invite Prof. Bogoro to inaugurate N5bn projects in the university.
Prof. Abdulaziz outlined the projects to include Central Laboratory, College of Medicine Complex, at the Gubi Campus of the institutions.
Other TETFund projects inaugurated by Bogoro whom the VC described as the initiator, was the Centre for Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship Development at the Tafawa Balewa Campus in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.